By: Dr. Sabrina J. Suber, principal
Summer break is almost over and the scent of a fresh start is in the air. Incoming freshmen and students who are new to Richland Northeast High School will get a chance to tour the campus, meet teachers and administrators for the first time at our annual Fresh Start orientation August 18 from 9 am to 1 pm. Buses will run that day to pick students up and take them home. The first official day of school is August 22.

Our talented team is here to help you and your child make a smooth transition from middle to high school. Realizing that this can be an emotional time for parents and students, we are striving to build the best parent-teacher-student relationships possible.

I encourage parents to share goals for your child’s education with teachers—both the long-term vision, such as being accepted to a four-year college, and the shorter term goals such as strengthening reasoning skills, mastering complex mathematics, sharpening their writing ability, etc. Share what you know about your child’s learning style. For example, does your child need a visual to grasp an idea? Ask teachers how they can help. Providing the right resources and tools for success is essential. If your child is failing in math, work with the teacher and ask what you can do at home to help your child improve the grade. Tap into as many opportunities and resources as possible such as tutors, camps and learning aids and then explain to your child that hard work on their part is also needed. Clearly communicate your academic expectations.

If going to college is the goal, our experienced counselors can help guide you in the right direction. Richland Northeast High School’s Class of 2017 collected more than $18 million in college scholarships. While there is little a counselor can do to guarantee your child’s admission to any specific college or university, there are several things you and your student can do to increase the chances of getting into the college of your dreams. Make a list of schools, do your research, have a strong academic profile, and get involved in community service. Counselors can help identify schools that align with student’s interests, goals, personality and lifestyle.

We are on course for yet another great school year. This summer, Richland Northeast was accepted as an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for the Career-related Programme (CP). CP is a comprehensive framework that develops students to be academically strong, skilled in a practical field, critical and ethical thinkers, self-directed and more. We are celebrating our candidacy while diligently working towards authorization for CP. Richland Northeast is already an authorized school for the IB Diploma Programme and Middle Years Programme. We offer a variety of magnet programs, sports, and arts options.

There’s something for everyone at Richland Northeast. I believe every student, deserves every chance, every day. We are here to help guide your journey, to the life you imagine, that begins with a fresh start. Richland Northeast High School – it is The Right Direction.